The Conservative Teleprompter Conference

Conservatives nationally and here in Wisconsin are fond of criticizing President Barack Obama for his use (or overuse, as some conservatives say) of a teleprompter, and the folks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are no exception.

Here’s a sampling of the jokes being made about President Obama’s use of a teleprompter:

  • David Keene, American Conservative Union: “We have made some bows to modernity. We have the Barack Obama honorary teleprompters.”
  • Marco Rubio, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate (FL): Because of the DC snowstorms, “the president couldn’t find anywhere to set up a teleprompter to announce any new taxes.”
  • Erick Erickson, RedState.com: “Saving freedom through technology. The first step is we took the president’s teleprompter for this event so that he cannot speak for the next few days. Render him as a mute as Rahm Emanuel was when his middle finger got cut off.” (Classy.)
  • Andrew Moylan, National Taxpayers Union: “I’m glad they left the teleprompter up here today. I assure you I will not be using it.”

The irony of conservatives making jokes about President Obama’s use of a teleprompter while themselves using a teleprompter wasn’t lost on National Review Online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez, who Tweeted, “I’ve heard at least three teleprompter jokes already. In front of a teleprompter.”

Lost on the conservatives making cracks about President Obama’s use of a teleprompter (or conveniently ignored) is the fact that Obama does just fine without a teleprompter, case in point being his teleprompter-free appearance in January at the annual policy retreat of House Republicans, an appearance where President Obama more than held his own.

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  1. Well I guess President Obama really is a different kind of Presidency – I mean this is truly breathtaking and revolutionary. Never before have people to seen a foible in the President and cracked jokes about it.

    Well except for… Reagan & jelly beans, and Ford for being clumsy, and Clinton for philandering and Bush Sr. for “read my lips” or not liking broccoli, and Carter for being a peanut farmer, and Kennedy’s funny accent and Bush Jr. for…well just about everything.

    He wait a minute – maybe this sort of thing has happened once or twice before. Or for every President since Washington and his “wooden” teeth.

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